I just moved to Mac and I need to get used to the keyboard of my Macbook Pro. I've seen images / maps of the QWERTY keyboards but could not find a proper one for French. I want to see what the modifier and options keys does etc. For example finding pipe (|) was by luck but where the heck are the square brackets?!

Here is my layout:

French MBP

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    Alt+Shift+( et Alt+Shift+). Vindiou not that easy to find :) Good luck if you're stuck coding Objective-C with a french keyboard... I mapped them to F5/F6...
    – LudoMC
    Jun 5, 2011 at 21:56

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To activate the Keyboard Viewer, click on the Input Menu on the right side of your menu bar, and then click on "Show Keyboard Viewer".

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Simple as that! :)

  • If you do not yet have an Input Menu in your menu bar, go to System Preferences > Language and Text > Input Sources to add it. Probably French OS X has different names for these...
    – GEdgar
    Jun 5, 2011 at 13:05

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